In honor of the Department’s 70th anniversary, faculty, students, friends and alumni gathered in Chapel Hill on October 28-29, 2019 to share in scientific presentations, fun, and fellowship.

Keynote Speakers

DuBois Bowman

Dr. DuBois Bowman

Dr. F. DuBois Bowman, PhD 2000 biostatistics, a distinguished researcher whose scholarship focuses on improving mental health and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and depression, the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s 12th dean and a tenured professor of biostatistics.

Dennis Gillings

Dr. Dennis Gillings

Dr. Dennis Gillings, a former professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Gillings is the founder and former chairman of Quintiles, a clinical research company which merged with IMS Health to become IQVIA.

Monday, October 28 - Tuesday, October 29, 2019; UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Carolina Club at UNC George Watts Hill Alumni Center, Chapel Hill, NCProgram

Monday, October 28

9:00 – 10:45 AM Breakfast, Student Poster Session and Tour of the Gillings School, Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center, UNC Gillings School

Alumni Hall, The Carolina Club

11:00 AM Registration opens

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM Welcome Remarks – Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, Chair, Department of Biostatistics;

Lunch program featuring keynote speaker F. DuBois Bowman, PhD (2000 Biostatistics), Dean of the School of Public Health, University of Michigan

1:30 – 2:45 PM Session I: Machine Learning – Ruoqing Zhu, PhD (2013 Biostatistics) Assistant Professor of Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Xiaotong “Phoebe” Jiang, Doctoral Candidate of Biostatistics, UNC-Chapel Hill

3:00 – 4:15 PM Session II: Clinical Trials – Steve Snapinn, PhD (1983 Biostatistics) Sr. VP of Biometrics, Adler Biopharmaceuticals Inc.; Matt Psioda, PhD (2016 Biostatistics), Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, UNC-Chapel Hill

4:30 – 5:15 PM Campus Walk – Sign up for a guided campus tour at the registration table

Reception – Alumni Hall III, The Carolina Club

5:15 – 6:00 PM Reception & Alumni Poster Session, Alumni Hall III*

6:00 – 8:00 PM Welcome Remarks – Kevin Guskiewicz, Interim Chancellor, UNC-Chapel Hill;

Dinner program featuring keynote speaker Dennis Gillings, PhD, CBE former Professor of Biostatistics at UNC-Chapel Hill, Co-founder and former Executive Chair of Quintiles (now IQVIA)

Tuesday, October 29

8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast at the Carolina Club

9:00 – 10:30 AM Session III: Survival – Doug Schaubel PhD (2002 Biostatistics), Professor of Biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania; Guoqing Diao, PhD (2005 Biostatistics), George Mason University; Busola Ololade Sanusi, Biostatistics Graduate Student, UNC-Chapel Hill

10:30– 11:45 AM Session IV: Causal Inference/Precision Health – Lan Liu, PhD (2013 Biostatistics), Assistant Professor of Statistics, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities; John Sperger, Doctoral Candidate of Biostatistics, UNC-Chapel Hill

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM BREAK

12:00 – 1:30 PM Alumni Panel Luncheon – Moderated by Laura Helms Reece, DrPH (2000 Biostatistics), Chief Executive Officer, Rho

Eugenio Andraca-Carrera, PhD (2008 Biostatistics), Mathematical Statistician Team Lead, U.S. Food and Drug Administration;

Natalie Cheung Rotelli, MPH (2003 Biostatistics), Manager of Design Hub Analytics, Eli Lilly and Company;

Todd A. Durham, PhD, MS (1995 Biostatistics), Vice President, Clinical & Outcomes Research, Foundation Fighting Blindness;

Elaine B. Hoffman, PhD (1998 Biostatistics), Head SQS Vaccines and Operations, Statistical & Quantitative Sciences, Data Sciences Institute, R&D, Takeda;

Jean G. Orelien, DrPH (2007 Biostatistics), Chief Executive Officer, ScitoVation, LLC

1:30 – 2:45 PM Session V: Non-Parametrics – Munni Begum, DrPH (2005 Biostatistics), Professor of Mathematical Sciences, Ball State University; Shrikant Bangdiwala, PhD (1980 Biostatistics), Professor of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University

2:45 – 4:00 PM Session VI: Statistical Genetics – Seungguen Lee, PhD (2010 Biostatistics), Associate Professor of Biostatistics, University of Michigan; Eric Van Buren, Doctoral Candidate of Biostatistics, UNC-Chapel Hill

4:00 PM Closing Remarks

  • Doug Schaubel (2002 biostatistics), professor of biostatistics, University of Pennsylvania
  • Guoqing Diao, (2005 biostatistics), associate professor and director of the PhD program in statistical science, George Mason University
  • Busola Sanusi, doctoral candidate of biostatistics, UNC-Chapel Hill

Post Conference Session: Wednesday, October 30

10:00 AM Recent Innovations for Topics in Biostatistics and Data Science, Mary Towens Science Building* NCCU

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